On January 24, 2021, the Colonel James Wood II (CJWII) Chapter of the Virginia Society Sons of the American Revolution (VASSAR) co-sponsored a commemoration for Peter Muhlenberg, Pastor and Revolutionary War Hero. Co-sponsoring were the Narrow Passage Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution and the Woodstock Wednesday Men’s Prayer Group.
Muhlenberg was a Lutheran Minister, Continental Army Soldier and a political figure. He was ordained in 1772, came to Virginia to serve a congregation, and led the Committee of Safety and Correspondence for Dunmore County. In 1774, he was elected to the House of Burgess and was a delegate to the 1st Virginia Convention. In late 1775, George Washington asked him to raise and command what would become the 8th Virginia Regiment. According to a biography written by his great-nephew in the mid nineteenth century, on January 21, 1776, in the Lutheran Church, Woodstock, Virginia, he completed his sermon by stating “In the language of the holy writ, there was a time for all things, a time to preach and a time to pray, but those times have passed away. There is a time to fight and that time has now come!” He then removed his clerical robe and revealed a Colonel’s uniform. With that, he walked out the door as drums rolled and recruited 162 men for the Revolutionary War cause. The next day, he led 300 men that formed the nucleus of the 8th Virginia Regiment.
There is very little to verify the actual facts of this event, but he did help to form and then lead the regiment. The regiment was initially sent to help defend South Carolina and Georgia. In 1777, they went north to join Washington and spent the winter at Valley Forge. Muhlenberg then led the unit in the Battles of Brandywine, Germantown and Monmouth. After this, he was sent to lead the Virginia Militia in defense of the State. At the Battle of Yorktown, he was in command of the 1st Brigade of Lafayette’s Light Division. They held the right flank and manned the parallels built to move the American cannons closer to the British lines. He finished the war strong and at the end, he was promoted to Major General.
After the war, he continued to serve his country as a member of the Pennsylvania Constitutional Convention and was elected to the U.S. House of Representatives three times, eventually being elected to the Senate. As stated on his tombstone, “He was Brave in the field, Faithful in the Cabinet, Honorable in all his transactions, a Sincere Friend and an Honest Man.”
The commemoration was emceed by CJWII Vice President Thomas “Chip” Daniel with presentations made by VASSAR President William Schwetke, Narrow Passage DAR Regent Susan Walls and CJWII Chaplain Larry Johnson. A prayer was offered by Dick Cooley of the Woodstock Wednesday Men’s Prayer Group. The CJWII color guard presented the colors with on site wreath presentations made by Virginia SAR President Schwetke, DAR Regent Walls, CJWII compatriots Brett Osborn and Paul Christensen. Additional compatriots participating were Dale Carpenter, David Carpenter, Sean Carrigan, Doug Hall and Art LaFlam.
This was a hybrid event that was broadcast via zoom as a virtual presentation emceed by CJWII President Marc Robinson. There were six SAR State Societies with 19 chapters, three DAR State Societies with 4 chapters and the Society of Founders and Patriots presenting wreaths in honor of Peter Muhlenberg.
Winchester SPCA announces their “Empty the Shelters – Holiday Hope” event
BISSELL Pet Foundation is bringing hope to homeless pets across the country this holiday season with its “Empty the Shelters – Holiday Hope” event December 7 – 12, 2021.
The Winchester SPCA is one of more than 200 participating shelters across the country reducing adoption fees to help pets find their adoptive families. Approved applicants can adopt for just $25 during this year’s Empty the Shelters event.
Come meet your new best friend at the Winchester SPCA adoption center (111 Featherbed Lane, Winchester, VA 22601). We’re open Tuesday to Friday, 10AM to 5PM, and weekends by appointment.
Come see us! Salvation bell ringing with Rotary Club of Warren County this Saturday, December 11
The Rotary Club of Warren County will be ringing the Salvation Army bell at Rural King Supply from 10am to 7pm on December 11 (Saturday). We would LOVE to see you come out and donate in the Salvation Army Red Kettle (a tradition since 1891). We will ring extra for you or sing a little if it helps inspire a bigger donation!
At 11am, we are hoping to have several children from our E. Wilson Morrison Early Act group do a little caroling. We are getting into the holiday spirit… how about you?
Combined awards presentation event with the Sons of the American Revolution
On November 30, 2021, the Colonel James Wood II and Fairfax Resolves Chapters of the Sons of the American Revolution were in Woodstock, Virginia, for a combined awards presentation event.
They presented a War Service Medal to Compatriot Sean Cook. He served in the U.S. Army as a Switching Systems Operator in Korea between January 10, 2003, to March 15, 2004. He was called up from the Inactive Reserve to serve in Iraq from August 27, 2006, to August 16, 2007.
Immediately following the award of the War Service medal, Wendy Cook was presented with the Martha Washington Medal as a result of her efforts in having the Colonel James Wood II and Fairfax Resolves Chapters present the colonial history of the American Flag to eight fourth grade classes at W. W. Robinson Elementary School in Woodstock. The medal is presented to ladies who provide outstanding support to the Sons of the American Revolution.
Participating for Colonel James Wood II Chapter were President Marc Robinson and Dale Corey. For Fairfax Resolves, participating were President Dave Cook, Forest Crain and Larry McKinley.
Glory Bea: A Shenandoah Christmas Story
GLORY BEA: A Shenandoah Christmas Story, by Rich Follett and Larry Dahlke, set in the 1930’s in the Shenandoah Valley and the Depression has hit the valley residents. This story is being presented by Selah Theatre Project, in partnership with Lord Fairfax Community College on December 10-12 & 17-19, 2021. The diverse cast of actors from Winchester, Frederick, Clarke and Warren Counties are mixed with community actors, young actors ages 6-13 and LFCC students.
The two-act musical is partly based on real Valley families and events during the Great Depression, when families needed work and the CCC was providing jobs creating the Skyline Drive on the Blue Ridge. For the Thorne family, many promises are made. The Pineville Christmas Eve pageant will not be complete without its Christmas Cedar Tree. But, the blizzard of ’33 is causing havoc on the family members trying to get home for Christmas through the blinding snowstorm. It’s Christmas Eve – anything is possible on Christmas Eve. Hard times, an argument over a tree, a baby born at Christmas, a little girl lost in the snow, redbirds and angels… and a miraculous homecoming.
“It is our third time producing GLORY BEA, however, this time feels very special,” says director LaTasha Do’zia. “The collaboration of students, young kids and community members really brings the Christmas spirit to life for any person,” she continues, “It truly is a family favorite as well as a community favorite.”
“We are excited to partner with LFCC to bring live theater back to Middletown, especially with our first production being a locally written play that was performed at Wayside Theater when it was open,” says producer and Middletown citizen, Paige Ulevich. Ulevich praises the cast of Glory Bea: Kameryia Diamond, Naomi Greenwalt, Andrew and Cameron Joyner, Lillian Peterson, Erica Reisinger, Ben Rickman, Amber Shayeb, Will Speakman, Matthew Taday, and starring little Lillian Orndorff as Glory Bea.
“This partnership between a community theatre and community college sets the tone for how the arts can and should be integrated within a community,” says Do’zia.
GLORY BEA: A Shenandoah Christmas Story will be performed at Lord Fairfax Community College in the William H. McCoy Theatre on December 10-12 & 17-19, 2021. Tickets are $15 for General Admission/$12 for Students or Seniors 55+. Patrons are being asked to bring an unwrapped toy for Embrace Treatment Foster Care. Seating is limited.
- Glory Bea: A Shenandoah Christmas Story
- By Rich Follett & Larry Dahlke
- Directed by Latasha Do’zia
- Music Directed by Rich Follett and Amber Shayeb
- William H. McCoy Theatre
- Lord Fairfax Community College
- 173 Skirmisher Lane | Middletown, VA 22645
- December 10, 11, 17, 18 at 7pm
- December 12, 19 at 3pm
- To encourage all people to embrace the arts as an adventure of daily living. We make arts education and experiences affordable, accessible, and available to every member of our community.
WHO WE ARE:
- Selah Theatre Project is an all volunteer, not-for-profit organization located in Winchester, VA. LaTasha Do’zia, the founding artistic director, produced the company’s first children’s show in 2012 with a small budget, but lots of support from family and friends. Selah Theatre Project has since become the leading year-round dramatic arts education programming in the northern Shenandoah Valley.
- Selah Theatre Project provides the opportunity to create theatre together in an educational, supportive, and professional environment for all walks of life. We produce 8 seasonal productions involving our four companies: Selah Teen Ensemble, Selah Young Actors Ensemble, Colored People Repertory Ensemble and Community Theatre Ensemble. Selah offers pre-professional theatrical training for teens and theatre classes for kids of all ages. We provide affordable artistic opportunities to students regardless of ability to pay.
Get your tickets for the Winchester SPCA Paws & Claws Holiday Raffle
Spoil the people and pets in your life with some magical holiday gifts that benefit the Winchester SPCA.
Tickets are $5 each, $10 for 3, or $20 for 8! You choose which item you’d like to win!
Purchase tickets online at winchesterspca.org or at the adoption center (111 Featherbed Lane, Winchester, VA 22601) from Tuesday to Friday, 10am to 5pm.
Drawing to be held December 21st. Winners do not need to be present to win. 100% of proceeds benefit the animals at your local no-kill shelter.
Clara, Little Mouse, and the Golden Key
Dancing By His Grace Classical Ballet Ensemble presents Clara, Little Mouse, and the Golden Key, featuring selections from Tchaikovsky’s Nutcracker Ballet, at the Skyline Middle School in Front Royal, Virginia.
Join us for our original adaptation of the Nutcracker and watch Little Mouse help Clara find the true meaning of Christmas.
Friday, December 10, 2021, at 7:00 pm
Saturday, December 11, 2021, at 2:00 pm
Sunday, December 12, 2021, at 2:00 pm
Skyline Middle School
240 Luray Avenue | Front Royal, VA
Children $5 (4 years and up)